Yellow-nosed Albatross (Diomedea chlororhynchos)

The following are some photographs of Yellow-nosed Albatross.  The photograph below is of the nominate race chlororhynchos which is rarely recorded in Australia as it is mostly found in the Atlantic Ocean.  The common race in Australia is bassi, which doesn't have the grey neck.

race chlororhynchos race bassi
Hillarys Pelagic July 1997 Hillarys Pelagic July 1997
   
Hillarys Pelagic August 2001 Hillarys Pelagic June 2000
   

Yellow-nosed Albatross is by far the most common albatross seen off the southern and south west coast of Western Australia in winter and early spring.  They are one of the first birds to come to the boat during pelagic trips and can usually be photographed easily.  They can easily be seen from the coast as far north as Cape Naturaliste, and occasionally as far north as Perth.  You can usually still find a few off the south coast in summer.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 5th June 2003